Missouri University Makes Kids Take Copyright Quiz To Use P2P
Correct answers net you six hours of P2P use...
In order to deal with the flood of DMCA letters from the entertainment industry, many college campuses have blocked access to P2P services altogether. But according to Inside Higher Education
, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla has a different idea. They force students interested in using P2P to take a copyright quiz
to get six hours of P2P use. School sanctions
for violating copyright include network bans, community service and academic probation. As far as DMCA letters are concerned, it seems to be working:
Last academic year, Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, received some 200 Digital Millennium Copyright Act “takedown” notices from the recording industry, notifying the institution that users of its network had made copyrighted works available for download. This academic year — at a time when colleges across the country have been experiencing sudden spikes in copyright complaints — the university received eight.
I'm guessing one or two students game the quiz, download what they want using encryption, then everyone else there simply transfers films and music among themselves off network. So while the University dodges liability and conserves bandwidth, it's probably not doing much for overall piracy levels. At least students don't have to take classes taught by the Copyright Crusading Ferret
or Captain Copyright
, so that's something.